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What Is The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Here’s everything you need to know between the two injectables

The popularity of injectables is increasing day by day. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than nine million of such procedures were performed in 2015. While Botox remains the number one favourite, dermal fillers are catching up quickly. Both botox and dermal fillers are given through injections and the procedure is minimally-invasive. Due to these similarities, botox and dermal fillers are often used interchangeably or create confusions in patients. If you are considering any of the two treatments, it is crucial to know their differences and what they can do to your face. We’re here to simplify things for you... Read on to get into the details of these injectables—and find out which one is best for you.

What is Botox?

what is botox

Botox is an injectable treatment that relaxes muscles and can be used to soften wrinkles and fine lines. It is a purified form of the botulinum toxin that is obtained from bacteria. Botox is used to treat the dynamic wrinkles on the face. It can be injected directly into the tiny muscles of facial expression to relax the muscle tension on the skin, where they create lines. It also works to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

What is Botox used for?

Botox works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. These are known as dynamic wrinkles and are often called “expression lines”. Cosmetically, Botox can be used to reduce wrinkles and lines in the following areas:

  • the area between the eyebrows, to treat frown lines
  • around the eyes, to tree crow’s feet lines
  • can also be used to relax muscles that pull down on the face, for example in the neck muscles, to give a lifting effect
  • the forehead, to correct forehead lines

It is not a permanent treatment. The results last for 3-4 months. So once you do get Botox, you will be required to get the treatment again to maintain results.

Does Botox have any side effects?

American Society of Plastic Surgeons considers Botox as a safe procedure. However, it may cause some side effects for some patients, including:

  • Bruising and pain at the injection site
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Redness
  • Temporary facial weakness or drooping

Since the Botox wears off over time, most of the side effects are also temporary.

What are dermal fillers?

what are dermal fillers

Just like Botox, dermal fillers are also used to treat wrinkles. A filler is injected beneath the surface of the skin to add fullness and volume. Dermal fillers can be of a variety of temporary or permanent materials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following options:

  • calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), a temporary gel solution that lasts for 18 months
  • collagen, a temporary material that lasts for up to four months
  • hyaluronic acid, a temporary material that loses its effect after 6 to 12 months
  • poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic), a man-made material that lasts about two years
  • polymethylmethacrylate beads, the only permanent type of dermal filler available

The time each of these fillers takes to work and how long they last, varies. Some of these fillers last six months, while others last up to two years, or longer.

What are dermal fillers used for?

Dermal fillers are used to treat static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are usually caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. A filler is a great option to treat deep lines that are present even when facial muscles are not contracting. Different types of dermal fillers are used to treat varying signs of ageing. A filler can be used for the following purposes:

  • A dermal filler can be used to plump up thinning lips.
  • A filler can help you add fullness to the shallow or sinking areas in the face.
  • A filler can effectively treat the smile lines around your mouth.

Do dermal fillers have any side effects?

Dermal fillers are usually safe, but side effects can occur in some cases. A few side effects caused by dermal fillers are:

  • Tyndall effect: The appearance of a bluish cast to the skin. It can occur if thicker hyaluronic acid fillers are injected too superficially beneath the surface of the skin.
  • Acne-like bumps beneath the skin
  • Skin damage that causes a wound, infection, or scarring
  • Redness, bruising, bleeding, or swelling
  • Vision problems

Can they be used together?

botox vs dermal filler

Are you wondering if you can dermal fillers and Botox at the same time? Since Botox and a filler treat different ageing concerns, they can be used together. In fact, our experts recommend using them together to treat multiple areas simultaneously and take years off your face. Botox paralyses the underlying facial muscles while fillers plump the skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Using these two in combination will give you spectacular results.

Which one is right for you: Botox or dermal fillers?

The answer to this question varies from person to person. Your dermatologist will examine your face and devise a treatment plan based on the type of wrinkles and lines. If you have dynamic wrinkles or only superficial lines, your dermatologist would recommend you to get Botox. On the other hand, if you have static wrinkles and deep lines, a filler would be a good option for you. In cases where the patient has dynamic wrinkles and deep forehead furrows or marionette lines, a combination of dermal fillers and Botox is required for best results.

Botox and dermal fillers at Biolite

Biolite provides a range of anti-wrinkle injections, including Botox and fillers, to clients of all ages. At Biolite, we administer only FDA-approved injectables to ensure the safety of our clients. Our board-certified dermatologists evaluate your skin and help you find the best treatment based on your needs and skin.To learn more about these treatments, you can speak to us on  +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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